Messy Space

Messy Space is a group for pre-schoolers and their adults. 10.00-11.30am during school terms – we offer play, crafts, refreshments, and a song or story to finish.

If you would like to make a donation to help us cover our costs and keep the sessions going, then we suggest £3.00 per child, or £5.00 per family. But we know that things are difficult money-wise at the moment, so if this is too much for you, please still just come along. And the first session is always free so that you can try it out and see if it suits you.

Please be mindful of where other people are at with COVID vulnerability and respect their space, thank you.

Reflection on The Lectionary

Sunday 1st May (Easter 3)
Psalm 30, 14-24; Acts 9 : 1 – 6 (7 -20); Revelation 5 : 11– 14; John 21 : 1 – 19
This reflection is provided by Local Preacher and Circuit Steward, Christine Jones.
John chapter 21
There are times when just saying the word ‘sorry’ doesn’t seem to be enough; times when
we’ve messed up so badly; times when we’ve hurt someone so deeply; times when the
opportunity to apologise has passed or was never there.
That’s how Peter felt. When he realised the enormity of what he’d done, by denying three
times that he knew Jesus, he went out and wept bitterly [Luke 22:62]. But it was too late
and there was no opportunity to say ‘sorry.’ We don’t know how miserably Peter spent the
rest of that night or the next two days. We don’t know if he was among those who stood at
a distance watching [Luke 23:49] Jesus die. All we know is that, unlike Judas, he didn’t kill
himself in his despair.
We do know that on Easter morning when the women returned from the empty tomb with
the idle tale that Jesus was alive [Luke 24:11], Peter ran to the tomb to see for himself and
came back amazed. But there was no opportunity to say ‘sorry’. Nor was there that evening
when Jesus appeared and all the others were milling round [John 20:20]; nor the following
week when the focus was on Thomas [John 20:27].
Peter was still left with his festering guilt. Emotionally if not physically ‘locked for fear’ [John
20:19]. The old close relationship had gone for ever. It was too late to say ‘sorry’. Then the
fishing trip and breakfast on the beach. While the others were busy counting the fish, Jesus
took Peter aside and gave him the opportunity he desperately needed, not merely to say
‘sorry’, but to say how much he loved Jesus. His guilt was gone; his fear was gone; it was the
start of a new and lasting relationship with a new vocation, not merely fishing for people
but shepherding them.
Jesus is reaching out to you with the opportunity to say ‘sorry’ for anything that is locking
you in fear. Your guilt doesn’t need to fester. He is ready and eager to forgive you. What’s
more he has a fresh vocation for you. He says to you ‘follow me’ [John 21:19, 22].
Lord Jesus, remind me again that there is nothing I can do which will make you love me any
less; and there is nothing I can do which will make you love me anymore. I am truly sorry for
the past. I do love you. Please forgive me and help me to make a fresh start. Show me your
will for the next stage in my life and help me to follow you. Amen.

Reflection on the Lectionary

Sunday 24th April (Easter 2)

Psalm 118 : 14 – 29, 14-24; Acts 5 : 27 – 32; Revelation 1 : 4 – 8; John 20 : 19 – 31
This reflection is provided by Local Preacher and volunteer Lay Pastor, Kevin Marshall.

The Sunday after Easter is often called Low Sunday, a Sunday when often Lay or Local Preachers take services. It is a time to reflect and think about the events of Easter. Many Years ago, in 1998 there was a song by Semisonic that had the line “every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.” Easter is the end of Lent and so we enter the new beginning of Eastertide which will take us on a journey until Pentecost. So, during Eastertide we reflect and remember the end of Holy week and the events of the
Crucifixion and death of Jesus on Good Friday. Then the glorious new beginning which came on Easter Sunday with the resurrection of Jesus. This leads us when we consider these readings to ask a series of questions about our Christian life. They challenge us to think about what we are doing in our faith. Are we ready to go forward in the new beginning of Easter answering these questions?

WHO DO YOU OBEY GOD OR MAN?
In Acts 5 we read the disciples had been preaching and witnessing in Jerusalem, had been arrested and put in prison they had been brought before the city officials and told not to speak of Jesus. But when released they had straightway gone back to preaching and witnessing about Jesus again. They were arrested again and asked why they had ignored the commands of the court to which they replied that they had no choice
they had to tell the people about Jesus for that is what He commanded them to do. They said they had no choice for they said, “we must obey God rather than Human beings” (Acts 5 : 29). So, do we feel the same about God who sent His Son to die for us and has raised Him from the dead to give us eternal Life? This leads to the second question from Psalm 118.

WE HAVE THE VICTORY IN OUR LIFE THROUGH GOD HAVE YOU CLAIMED IT?
The Psalmist tells us of the victory we have in God and that we have salvation through Him and He will be the one who blesses us and from worshipping Him we can be blessed. This will give us the victory in our Christian Life, but we have to claim it and to do it daily through prayer and it is given to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then in Revelation we are reminded by John that God is eternal

WHEN IS GOD PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE?
As a faithful witness to the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, John was given the Revelation to show God’s servants what must soon take place. In this case, the word soon refers to the events of John’s own lifetime. In particular, John was told to write on a scroll what he saw concerning the Seven Churches, which were located in the province of Asia (Modern-day Turkey), and that existed at the time of the writing of the Revelation. This reminds us God is forever no matter how long our problems seem to exist God is there with us and will be with us for God sees the past the present and the Future.

So, this Eastertide let us remember we should follow and obey God for He has given us the Victory over our problems if we claim it, and we should claim it daily. For God is eternal He sees the past, the present and the future. So let pray as we start the new beginning, we start it with God around us and within us, taking us forward into another new beginning at Pentecost.
AMEN

Eco Church

“The science is clear. Our Planet is in trouble. Climate change threatens the delicate equilibrium that sustains life and biodiversity is collapsing around the globe. We must act now if we are to leave our children a planet worth inheriting.

There is still a glimmer of hope. God chooses to use His people in His redemption story. We have a part to play.”

– quoted from https://app.ecochurch.org/about

A Rocha Bronze Award Winner Eco Church

At Badminton Road Methodist Church, we registered with this exciting scheme early in 2021, and would very much like you to journey with us as we all try to find ways of improving our stewardship of the environment in and around our home.

Easter 2022 – Minister’s Letter

“Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” ( Luke 24:1-12)

This is the Good News of Easter for all Christians across the world.

The Easter story is one that is familiar to us, we know it so well but how do we live it? We are surrounded by death, and we are called to live as resurrection, Easter day people in the midst of death, how is that possible? How do we do that?

On Easter day, early in the morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. The stone was not rolled aside so Jesus get out, but so others could get in and see that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, just as he had promised. The angel who announced the Good News of the resurrection to the women gave them four messages: (1) Don’t be afraid. Are we afraid of coronavirus and wars? The reality of the resurrection brings joy, not fear. When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb of Jesus. (2) He isn’t here. Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead. He is alive with his people. (3) Come , see. The women could check the evidence themselves.

The tomb was empty then, and it is empty today. Resurrection is the reality. (4) Go quickly and tell. They were to spread the joy of the resurrection. We, too, are to spread the great news about Jesus’ resurrection; which is the key to the Christian faith.

Because of Jesus’ resurrection , we can be certain of our resurrection because He was resurrected. Death is not the end- there is future life. The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. The resurrection is the basis for the Church’s witness to the world. Jesus is more than just a human leader, He is the Son of God.

God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptised, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commends us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples for the Kingdom of God – so called Heaven.

Emmanuel Swedenborg once said : “ Heaven is such that all who have lived well, of whatever religion have a place there”. How well do you live with people as you tell the Good News of Christ’s resurrection? Easter is the welcome we offer refugees who leave behind their home, fleeing violence, conflict and war. What is your mission and commitment now, after you have heard the story of Jesus’ resurrection?

“ He is the way, and the truth and the life”. Will you trust Him? Will you share the message of resurrection with others – beginning from your family, your church and your community”?

With God’s love, all things are possible.

With every blessing ,
Reverend Samuel Uwimana

Toilet Twinning

Thanks to the hard work of the uniformed groups below:

78th Kingswood Scout Group
13th Kingswood Rainbows
11th Kingswood Guides
Badminton Road Methodist Church Scout and Guide Group

together with donations from the congregation, all the toilets at Badminton Road Methodist Church have been twinned to provide access to clean water and a flushing toilet in some of the poorest communities in the world.

For more about the project, visit https://toilettwinning.org